Archive for the ‘Going Green’ Category
February 23, 2013
Joshua Tree is a mobile compact home designed by Italy-based Hangar Design Group combining the warmth and cozy wood structure of mountain home, the size and look of a cabin, and the flexibility of an RV. Created to accommodate from 3 to 4 people, Joshua Tree does not sacrifice the comfort of ample living space, with two bedrooms and baths it is perfect to host young families or groups of friends.
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Posted by bethany 6:00am in Architecture, Design Trends, Going Green
February 21, 2013
The City of Yiwu in China houses the world’s biggest small goods market. Having seemingly arisen over night, it is now the center of trading for small goods in the world. The city strongly encourages young entrepreneurs, and with that in mind, the Lahas Zone was idealistically conceived and designed, centering a green environment that can incorporate services, offices, and exhibitions all into living comfortably. Lahas Zone was comprehensively renovated from an old factory building instead of built a new on the Lahas Zone site in accordance to maintaining green.
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Posted by bethany 6:00am in Architecture, Going Green, Home Office, Indoor Living
February 07, 2013
Milan is one of the most polluted cities in the world, and the Bosco Verticale project aims to mitigate some of the environmental damage that has been inflicted upon the city by urbanization. The design is made up of two high-density tower blocks with integrated photovoltaic energy systems and trees and vegetation planted on the facade. The plants help capture CO2 and dust in the air, reduce the need to mechanically heat and cool the tower’s apartments, and help mitigate the area’s urban heat island effect – particularly during the summer when temperatures can reach over 100 degrees.
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February 05, 2013
Maarten Heijltjes & Simon Akkaya are the Dutch designers behind Goedzak – a special garbage bag for items that are still useable. ‘Goedzak’ means both ‘good bag’ and ‘do-gooder’ in Dutch. According to the engineers, their concept is a friendly way to offer products a second chance and stimulate sustainable behavior.
Goedzak is one of the resulting designs from Akkaya’s graduation project “Design for Altruism” at Delft University of Technology. His goal was to design products that stimulate people to act to benefit others, preferably complete strangers.
Posted by bethany 6:00am in Going Green, Staff Picks
February 03, 2013
Design studio Bellila have created Volcane and Lagune, coffee tables that feature built-in gardens. Volcane is a table with a strong mineral character, which proposes a subtle dosage between function and aesthetics. Lagune is a sober and general-purpose table, which can welcome easily a landscape, a Zen garden, or even a pond with fish.
Posted by bethany 6:00am in Design Trends, Going Green
January 31, 2013
The E+ Green Home, a concept house located an hour outside Seoul, not only points the way to a greener South Korea, it may well be the most sustainable house in the country. Riding a wave of dissatisfaction with high-rise dwelling, growing numbers of South Koreans are looking for a different, more sustainable way to live. And a new housing prototype in Kyeong-Gi—the E+ Green Home—showcases the sustainable building prowess of the firm Kolon Engineering and Construction and also the design acumen of Seoul’s Unsangdong Architects Cooperation.
Posted by bethany 6:00am in Architecture, Going Green
January 06, 2013
Bamboo comes to the small town of Rotselaar, Belgium, with Low Energy Bamboo House by AST 77 Architecten, a long and narrow new home (26.3 m x 4.5 m) replacing old structures and running along an existing retaining wall. Trees on the forested, sloped site provide shade in summer and allow passive solar gain in winter through strategically located windows. A heat pump, floor heating, extensive insulation, and a ventilation system, all tied to the orientation of the house, create a low energy footprint. Signalling sustainability, the exterior is clad in bamboo rods set in a black steel frame.
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Posted by bethany 6:00am in Architecture, Going Green
December 25, 2012
Hold It Contemporary Home will be closed Christmas Day. We will re-open Wednesday, December 26th at 10am. From all of us here at Hold It, we wish a happy holiday to you and yours!
Our inspiration for a modern Christmas comes from Seattle-based designer Michele Weingeist. Weingeist’s recycled aluminum, sustainable Tannenboing tree is designed to appeal to your modern sensibility and your green lifestyle! We love this new twist on an old tradition!
Posted by bethany 6:00am in Going Green, Local Happenings, Modern Design
December 16, 2012
Francisco Sarria has designed a showroom in Copenhagen, Denmark for the zero-emission vehicle company Better Place. The main concept of the visitor centre is the use of green technology shaped by green interior architecture. The space was designed to create an emotive trip that invites visitors to explore, play and learn.
Posted by bethany 6:00am in Architecture, Going Green, Modern Furniture, Work
December 08, 2012
British designer Craig Foster has created Kurk, a flat pack desk lamp made of cork, that requires no screws or glues to assemble. Focusing on the life cycle of the product, each part of Kurk can be recycled or reused individually when it is no longer needed as a light. The sustainability and visual properties of cork make Kurk a unique, environmentally friendly alternative to standard desk lights.
Posted by bethany 6:00am in Design Trends, Going Green, Lighting, Lighting Design
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